Latest posts by Dovefromabove

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 13:43

MND's a bu$$er - friend lost her lovely husband to it a few years ago, just as they should have been starting their retirement in their beautiful thatched cottage with the lovely garden they'd created together.  Now another friend's son has just been diagnosed, in his early 40s with a wife and three young children.

Yes, makes me count my blessings. 

Just had soup (pattypan squash and sage) and wholemeal bread still warm from the oven.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:31

Oh LilyP ((hugs))    what a flippin' nuisance 

There's a lot of flippin' nuisances about 

Last edited: 12 September 2016 12:36:24

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:12

That's horrid BL.  ((hugs))

I'm having to sleep on my back as my shoulder is really painful whether I lie on it or whether I'm on lying on the other side, as then the shoulder/upper arm is floppy and unsupported.  Flippin' nuisance 

Horse Manure & Worms

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:08

Yes, if the worms are passed out that's because they've already been killed by the treatment which shoud be routinely given to the horse, or they're nearly dead. 

They're a totally different sort of worm to the ones usually seen in manure/compost etc. 

Bay tree leaf problem

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 11:37

I'm not sure what they are but I just remove the affected leaves - there aren't that many.  

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 11:35
Dovefromabove says:

... before digging the whole ...  

 Duh!   hole, not whole 

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:55

As you've got clay soil, I'd prepare the replanting area by digging plenty  compost/well rotted manure into the soil over the whole area now and allow the area to settle, before digging the whole when the move takes place.   

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:16

Oh Hosta ((hugs))  indeed - live every day as if it was your last.  

The baker who supplies the farm shop is on his hols, and his stand-in doesn't do our usual sourdough, so rather than get in the car and drive (not allowed to cycle) to get some, I've made enough wholemeal dough for a couple of loaves and it's in a bowl proving on the table - I love making bread but only do it occasionally, otherwise we eat too much of it    It's ok folks, hand kneading not involved today - I used the big Kenwood. 

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:44

I'd start preparing a new planting site now, digging in some well-rotted manure and soil improver/home made compost - what's your soil like generally?  Clay?  Loam?

At the same time make sure that the soil around the tree gets watered - not so that it's sodden but you don't want to try to dig it up if it's baked dry and hard. 

Then in late November I'd dig it up - digging about 8" each side bigger than the rock circle.  Have a tarpaulin ready to lift the tree onto with as much soil as possible and drag it gently to it's new home, that way it should hardly notice that it's been lifted - it will just be much happier and healthier if you've chosen the new site carefully.  

I would use a sloping stake, as shown here 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:18

Hello folks!  I'm back - referral for physio so will wait to hear from them.  I did a range of movements and only some very specific ones were painful which has established for the doctor that it's a soft tissue injury probably due to doing something at tennis  so no more tennis until the physio says so .  In the meantime painkillers at night so I can sleep, some gentle exercises to keep the muscles around the joint from wasting and lots of sympathy from doctor as she could see how frustrating I'm finding it.  We are really lucky with our GP practice.  She even asked about Ma's passing, as last time I saw her it was imminent, but let's face it - quite a while ago now in the grand scheme of things. 

Now OH has to get his bike out and go to the dentist.  We're getting our money's worth out of the NHS today 

Sorry to hear it's been so windy up North - it's glorious here, like midsummer ... sorreeeeeeeee 

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